The Aero Section was formed in 1968 and it flourishes. The objectives of the Section are for Members to enjoy good fellowship with like-
City Face2Face is a regular lunch time meeting at which senior figures in the City and from wider afield make presentations and meet Club members. The purpose of the meetings is to increase members' knowledge of the many facets of the City and to increase the Club's profile within the City. The events are open to all members who, subject to numbers, may bring a guest. The main speaker is invited to give a talk about his or her work or interests and members can then question them and offer opinions on the topics discussed. Each lunchtime session is followed by a Club lunch at which members can mingle and continue the discussion. Besides the former Swordbearer, recent speakers have included the Lord Mayor's Speechwriter, the Master of Charterhouse, the Archdeacon of the City and the Commissioner of the City of London Police.
Golf has been played by the Club since its founding year but a separate Golf Society only started life in 1966. It has four meetings and two matches each year, all of which are played at high quality venues. At each meeting there are competitions with silverware and other prizes for the winners. In 2014, as part of the Club’s Centenary celebrations, the Autumn Meeting was adapted to become a very successful Charity Golf Day at which all the Livery Companies were invited to participate. The venue for the Lunch which follows the Annual General Meeting is usually the Guildhall; this a splendid occasion to which partners are invited. The prize giving from all the events of the previous year takes place after the meal with the winners taking home for display the fine trophies which the Society has accumulated over the years.
History & Antiques Section
The first meeting of the History & Antiques Section was held on the 8 May 2007. The Section meets at the Club and visits unusual and interesting locations (often not otherwise available to see) in the City and its environs and which are full of unexpected charm and delight. Antiques can range from Stuart furniture and Georgian silver to cigarette cards, collectables, toys and ephemera. The scope is wide and so members with a special interest and those with a general interest in history or any sort are equally welcome.
The Motoring Section was founded in 1980. The annual format comprises meetings with luncheons to which speakers are invited and events which include a Concours d’Etat on the first Sunday in November, the day of the London to Brighton Emancipation Run. It is also customary to visit motor manufacturers. Rolls Royce, Ford, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Morgan have all entertained the Motoring Section of the Club in style. In addition there is usually a short motoring outing, generally mid-
The Music Section held its first meeting in October 1961. Since that time, the Section has continued to proffer a wide choice of music and entertainment. It has enjoyed visits to shows, opera, ballet, music halls and places with a musical history, as well as seeing how various musical instruments were and are constructed. The events are well supported and most convivial. They are often followed by a lunch or supper. The Section gives awards to three schools, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Royal College of Music and Trinity College. New members with a wide interest in music and music making are most welcome.
The expression "Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words." appears in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane discussing journalism and publicity. Over 100 years later most people have a smartphone, tablet or camera and can record the interesting and the unusual. The Photo Section is the youngest special interest Section of the Club and we aim to further the knowledge and enjoyment of photography by an exchange of views, the sharing of expertise, taking part in competitions and providing the Club with a photographic record of its activities. In the Centenary year 2014, we have recorded most of the Centenary Celebrations for the Club magazine, the archives and personal memories. We have also researched and put together an exhibition at Guildhall Library portraying the 100 year history of the Club in artefact and images. New members, whether beginners, amateurs or professionals are always most welcome.
Under 40s Section
This was formed in 2016 to provide a forum for Club members under the age of 40. It promotes the wider involvement of Members aged under 40 in the Livery Companies. The Section meets informally on the second Thursday of each month at the Club.
Founded in 2000 the Circle provides an informal and friendly forum for sharing an appreciation and enthusiasm for wine, irrespective of level of knowledge or expertise. It organises five or six tastings a year which are followed by a generous and delicious supper. There is a varied programme included wines from different countries and regions, blind wine tastings, visits, dinners and talks by wine experts including merchants, shippers and producers. Recent tastings have included wines from Spain, Greece, France, Lebanon, India, Hungary, Germany, Australia, South America and North America. The popular Annual Dinner has been held at venues such as The Alderman’s Dining Room at Guildhall, the Don Restaurant, the Capital Club, the Bleeding Heart, and various Gastro-
Women in the Livery
In recognition of the growing number of women being involved with the Livery Companies and other City Organisations, the Club has a ‘Women in the Livery Group’ for women in the City. The group was launched at an inaugural reception in June 2007 and formally became a Section in April 2016. The reception was attended by a number of successful women in the City including Lady Masters, Past Masters and Wardens of the Livery Companies. Formal and informal meetings now take place at the Club and other City venues. Some include luncheon or a reception. Occasional visits to special locations or exclusive events are also arranged.